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RATINGS: 170   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Brewed to commemorate the 375th Anniversary Celebration for the first town (Lewes) in the first state (Delaware), this is an old Dutch-style Rye Bokbier.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NJBeerman013 (1045) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2011
2006 Bottle shared from a friends cellar. Pours a hazy amber in color with a fluffy white head. Amazingly light smokey nose with some sour fruit. The flavor is mellow fruit, pine, and some smoke.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 2, 2011
(750ml bottle from Susan!!!) This was a big want of mine! Pours hazy orange/light ruby. White head with little carbonation. Aroma is caramel, candied sugar. Taste is sweet with a bit of bitterness, but not much. Medium bodied with sticky texture. This is smooth. Many, many thanks for this surprise. A nice surprise.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blairgus (2593) - California, USA - MAR 11, 2011
outstanding! canít say enough good about it! raisiny flavour common to higher abv beers but this is mellow and very smooth. released april 2006, i bought it in june 2006 and left it in storage until jan 2009. it was almost three years old when i drank it and i wish i had more!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (14768) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2011
20th March 2009
Hazy amber brown beer. Creamy off white head. Very soft palate and a very sweet beer! Sweet malt and caramel. Soft ending with a hint of aniseed. A simple beer but very very drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wedgie9 (1893) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 22, 2010
Tasted from a 750mL bottle purchased at Lush West Town in February. The date is smudged, but I can read that it was bottled in 2006. The pour is crystal clear amber-orange with a thin beige head that leaves a solid lace collar. The nose is still very much alive with sweet rye maltiness, a lot of caramel, with cereal, cinnamon bread, and light underlying orange notes. The flavor is not quite as lively. It is dominated by very sweet malt with underlying cinnamon, allspice, and orange. The body is medium with light carbonation and short sweet baking spice finish. If anyone out there is still holding onto this, drink it now. This beer is not going to last a whole lot longer.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 29, 2010
In the bottle at Bill Bís 2010 summer beer tasting party. Bottle dated 4/14/2006. Pours a hazy dark amber with a medium off white head. Slightly oxidized aroma and a bit of fusel alcohol. Mostly rye though. Perhaps a bit of cheese to the aroma. Serious sweetness with lots of honey and maple sugar. The rye flavors have blended very well. My best flavor description would be marzipan! Aging has worked very well for this beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (3480) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 19, 2010
2006 bottle via trade thanks to truehumand on BA, shared at a tasting surrounding the Bruery hoopla. Pours a somewhat hazy dark amber color with a nice off-white head and some decent lacing. Aroma is sweet, malty, and very dark fruity. Caramel, toffee, plum, and raisin stand out. Flavor is also loads of dark fruit - plum, raisin, and fig mostly - very sweet, with caramel, toffee, maple syrup, and wood. Some mild sherry-like oxidation going on. Medium-full on the body and somewhat syrupy with fairly soft carbonation. I like what they did here overall, even if itís not a standout.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2009
From the Bottle at the Falling Rock Tap House, Denver 27/09/2009 Big malt aroma. Golden amber coloured rich on the palate and strong in alcohol with a crisp and slightly dry malt finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Teege (375) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Honestly, no, I donít have this beer in front of me right now, but I wasnít able to rate it when I last had it. I had the urge to rate it now because I donít know if Iíll ever taste it (or any other flavor so wonderful) again. This is a really delicious beer. The bottle I had was a few years old: probably í04 or í05. I remember that it was pretty dark, lots of dark malts, dark fruits, with hints of rye and just a touch of funk. Sometimes I come down a little hard on Dogfish Head because I hold them to such a high standard. This beer is one of the reasons why.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stine (1547) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2009
Bottled on 4/14/06. Thanks to Chris for the bottle. A glassy, too-clean bronze appearance and a thick crown. Maple syrup and pistachio aroma; basic and sugary, with a very slight herbal bitterness that grows more and more green as it breathes; like fresh basil leaves when it gets really intense, weirdly.

Flavor is pleasantly bitter with rye and herb tastes that develop slowly after an initial surge of plain, maple-y sugar. It has a bit of a perfume quality about it too as the alcohol plays with the surprising pungency of the spice characters; mostly seeming to be cinnamon, nutmeg, and occasionally lavender. Itís really big and sweet most of the time, though. Oxidation has settled in a little bit, but the dried caramel-wood note it provides serves to temper the sugariness a little, and so to let the spices through a little more, and that works well.

The palate is of medium texture, syrupy and prickly, feeling like a heavy fruit soda, thatís been thickened with honey. A balsamic vinegar note gives a little dark twang at the finish. After swallowing, the oxidation really sits heavily, and the sugar coats the mouth, awkwardly. I donít like it now.

Still, itís hard for me to recall having something thatís gotten so old while not being intended for aging, thatís turned out this positively; while very sweet, it was not obviously dead yet, and even offered some nice and dare I say subtle nuances. So, sure. It was a pleasant surprise.


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